It’s hard to imagine an object more ubiquitous than a mirror. Through mirrors we see ourselves and we meet those aspects of our reality that we never grasp. We also carry another mirror, permanently in our pockets, that although black makes us believe that through it we can know those other aspects of our reality that we barely grasp.
VENUS EFFECT strives to connect both reflexes and to make evident the (i)reality behind what we see.
The experience is based on enjoying with augmented reality (AR) a work of contemporary dance that comprises a virtual dancer, her virtual reflection in the mirror and the way the connection between them transforms the space that surrounds them.
The Venus effect is a phenomenon in the psychology of perception, named after various paintings of Venus gazing into a mirror, such as Diego Velázquez's Rokeby Venus, Titian's Venus with a Mirror, and Veronese's Venus with a Mirror. Viewers of such paintings assume that Venus is admiring her own reflection in the mirror; however, since the viewer sees her eyes in the mirror, Venus is actually looking at the reflection of the painter.